Werner A. Fisher, 67, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at his home in Ramona surrounded by his loving family. He died of glioblastoma after a short illness.
Werner was born in Brawley, CA on August 22, 1951, to Swiss immigrant parents who farmed in Holtville, CA. He lived there for 7 years. In 1958 his mother, Mary and husband, Albert, moved to El Cajon, CA where Werner attended Holy Trinity Catholic School. As the family grew, he was the 3rd of 8 children. He graduated from El Capitan in Lakeside in 1969. He worked at Cecil's restaurant in Lakeside, CA during high school. He was mechanically inclined and enjoyed working on his 1964 Plymouth Sports Fury.
After graduation and some college, he went to work as a laborer and then a pipe layer for Clay John Construction, Pacific Engineers, Metro Young and lastly Cass Construction. Jim Nelson, owner, recognized Werner's talent. He soon became a foreman then a superintendent. Through his 43 years in the industry, he was promoted to Director of Operations then to Chief Operating Officer. During Werner's last three years working, Cass would become Cass-Arrieta under its new owner, Wes Wise. Werner was an integral part of the combination of the two companies. Werner had wisdom, the ability to teach, estimate, work with people and solve problems. He was an innovator. He was known to some as the "pipe guru", but to those that loved him he was "Fish." He had a genuine concern for each employee, their safety and wellbeing, as well as the success of the company,
In 1973 Werner met Suzette. In 1976 they married and that began a 43-year journey They moved to Ramona in 1977, bought a house and made Ramona their home. They were blessed with 3 children, John, Laura and Daniel. They were the cherished loves of Werner's life. In 1989 they built a house and watched their children grow up into adults. Werner' family grew larger as he and Suzette were blessed with six grandchildren. Werner adored them, loved to play and spend time with them. He often treated them to trips to the Yogurt Barn. He taught them about Jesus. Werner was an awesome father who was usually his children's first resource for insight, advice and wisdom. He always put the needs of his family and others above his own. His family was his love.
Werner loved to join his brother, John, and family camping in the High Sierra's for fishing and relaxation thru the years. He was so looking forward to retirement to do more of his favorite activities. He retired July 1,2018; in retirement, he took on several projects and hobbies. Fabricating trailers and attachments for his John Deere tractor, gardening. For fun, Werner and Suzette learned ballroom dancing and enjoyed being with dance friends at the Escondido Elks and the activities at the German American Society of El Cajon, of which they were members.
Werner leaves behind his beloved wife of 43 years, Suzette and his precious children, John (Megan), Laura, and Daniel (Jennifer). His face would light up at the sight of his grandchildren, October, Samuel, Winter, Abraham, Adalyn and Deacon.
He leaves his siblings, John (Sandy), Margrit, Helen (Paul), Albert (Debbie), Annalies (Richard), Bernadette (Kelly), Theresia (Rick), his Pops and Aunt Mary. Many nieces, nephews and cousins and well as aunts, uncles and cousins in Switzerland, his mother-in-law, Deloris, sister-in-law, Annette (Odell) and brother-in-law, Michael (Dora). He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary, his father, Vincent, his father-in-law, John, and uncle Johnny., many dear friends and colleagues.
Bonham Brothers & Stewart Mortuary assisted the family.
A Celebration of Life was held at Sonrise Church in Santee on September 14, 2019, at 11:00 am.
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